Lawsuit filed against Tennessee sex offender registry

A lawsuit has been filed against retroactive enforcement of another state’s sex offender registry, this time in Tennessee. The lawsuit mirrors a successful challenge to provisions of Michigan’s sex offender registry.

The case, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, argues that Tennessee’s registration laws are illegally applied retroactively. It notes that the laws and restrictions on those offenders have become significantly more burdensome since the laws were first enacted in 1994.

Read more in the Tennessean.

Read the text of lawsuit.

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  1. The retroactivity of the sex offender registry is in fact unconstitutional so it should be found so. When people are sentenced or plead guilty to a crime and being on the sex offender registry is not part of what you plead to or was sentenced to then it violates the 14th amendment to due process. The sex offender registry is no different than being on lifetime probation. If you fail to register you go to jail and you have to pay money every year and have restrictions on your life. This in turns add risk to offenders reoffending. I think the information should stay with the local police and that is that..Most offenders are family members, not neighbors.


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